Schoolboy robbed on way to school in Westcliff

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POLICE in Westcliff are appealing for witnesses following a street robbery of a boy on his way to school at 8am on Wednesday.

Police have conducted house to house enquiries in the area and to date, no one has seen or heard anything, so they need to speak to any witnesses.

The boy said that he was approached from behind shortly as he made his way up Gainsborough Drive towards Southend High School for Boys, he was stopped by a suspect wearing a blue balaclava who demanded his phone.

The thug produced a knife and a tussled with the victim, leaving him with minor injuries.

The thug grabbed the earphones of the victim and made off down Shakespeare Avenue.

The victim describes the suspect as possibly Asian man around 5ft 10inches tall, medium build, speaking English but with a foreign accent.

He wore a long sleeved hooded top underneath a brown body warmer and blue jeans.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who was in the area at this time, as it is usually busy with traffic and pedestrians, who saw the suspect either before or after the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Dc Lee Crane at Southend police station on 101.

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9:55am Fri 7 Jun 13

perini says...

'no one has seen or heard anything, so they need to speak to any witnesses.'
Echo - if nobody saw or heard anything then there aren't any witnesses - are there?
'no one has seen or heard anything, so they need to speak to any witnesses.' Echo - if nobody saw or heard anything then there aren't any witnesses - are there? perini
  • Score: 2

11:57am Fri 7 Jun 13

starsarah says...

It would have been very very busy with people dropping their children off at westborough school at 8, why not appeal to the parents through the school?
It would have been very very busy with people dropping their children off at westborough school at 8, why not appeal to the parents through the school? starsarah
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Fri 7 Jun 13

teyeagle says...

This is a notorious hotspot for these sorts of crimes as many school children pass this way each day. The Echo is providing a public service to the community by publishing the details of this latest attack as to bystanders and passing cars sometimes these acts can seem like pranks between children messing around.
This is a notorious hotspot for these sorts of crimes as many school children pass this way each day. The Echo is providing a public service to the community by publishing the details of this latest attack as to bystanders and passing cars sometimes these acts can seem like pranks between children messing around. teyeagle
  • Score: 3

1:59pm Fri 7 Jun 13

supermadmax says...

I think its about time lie detectors were introduced when people report crimes. The victim will have to give a statement, so why not give them a lie detector at the same time ? This will get rid of a lot of time wasters and allow police to focus on genuine crimes.
I think its about time lie detectors were introduced when people report crimes. The victim will have to give a statement, so why not give them a lie detector at the same time ? This will get rid of a lot of time wasters and allow police to focus on genuine crimes. supermadmax
  • Score: -4

3:31pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Bester says...

"he was stopped by a suspect"

Eh? Surely, the person who stopped him ACTUALLY stopped him.
"he was stopped by a suspect" Eh? Surely, the person who stopped him ACTUALLY stopped him. Bester
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Fri 7 Jun 13

runwellian says...

Odd story this one!
A schoolboy ... was the boy five or 15?
Stole headphones ... did he steal the device containing the music?
If the person actually stole the headphones, then he is a thief, not a suspect!
If your'e not sure if he stole them, then he is suspect!
At such a busy time in the morning, did all the other kids have a day off school?

Finally, I wonder how long it took our overworked police to get on scene and investigate this questionable story?
Odd story this one! A schoolboy ... was the boy five or 15? Stole headphones ... did he steal the device containing the music? If the person actually stole the headphones, then he is a thief, not a suspect! If your'e not sure if he stole them, then he is suspect! At such a busy time in the morning, did all the other kids have a day off school? Finally, I wonder how long it took our overworked police to get on scene and investigate this questionable story? runwellian
  • Score: -3

6:17pm Fri 7 Jun 13

runwellian says...

Odd story this one!
A schoolboy ... was the boy five or 15?
Stole headphones ... did he steal the device containing the music?
If the person actually stole the headphones, then he is a thief, not a suspect!
If your'e not sure if he stole them, then he is suspect!
At such a busy time in the morning, did all the other kids have a day off school?

Finally, I wonder how long it took our overworked police to get on scene and investigate this questionable story?
Odd story this one! A schoolboy ... was the boy five or 15? Stole headphones ... did he steal the device containing the music? If the person actually stole the headphones, then he is a thief, not a suspect! If your'e not sure if he stole them, then he is suspect! At such a busy time in the morning, did all the other kids have a day off school? Finally, I wonder how long it took our overworked police to get on scene and investigate this questionable story? runwellian
  • Score: -3

6:42pm Fri 7 Jun 13

gbrepublicans says...

This story is driven I think by the victim being a student of a top school. I really doubt the Police would show much interest if the boy was attending a run down school in a deprived area.
This story is driven I think by the victim being a student of a top school. I really doubt the Police would show much interest if the boy was attending a run down school in a deprived area. gbrepublicans
  • Score: -3

7:10pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Seasider90 says...

gbrepublicans - you're boring. Do you seriously think the police care what school the boy went to. Take off your left wing blinkers you idiot.
gbrepublicans - you're boring. Do you seriously think the police care what school the boy went to. Take off your left wing blinkers you idiot. Seasider90
  • Score: 6

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